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Placements abroad

Applications for 2016 placements are now closed. We usually start recruiting in February or March. However, occasionally other projects become available throughout the year. Sign up to receive alerts when placements are advertised. 

About the placements

Placements are overseas at one of our seven partner projects. They start in August or September and last between eight and 12 months. 


All our overseas placements are fully funded through the European Commission’s voluntary service scheme. Your accommodation, travel, insurance and a small monthly allowance are all included.

Who can apply?

This programme is for 18- to 30-year-olds. It is ideally suited to those who are interested in the social sector and would like to gain more experience while learning about a new culture and country. 

We’re particularly keen to hear from young people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to volunteer overseas.

You should express clear motivation for wanting to volunteer abroad and an understanding of the challenges you may face. You must be enthusiastic about contributing to the Red Cross’ mission across Europe.

You will be encouraged to bring your own initiative and ideas to the project. 

What support will I get?

All volunteers will be supported by the project's local Red Cross. 

Questions about the scheme

If you have any questions, contact Shabana Basheer:

Volunteer with young refugees in Greece

We are excited to be part of a new project with the World Organisation of the Scout Movement and other international partners. “Time To Be Welcome” will allow us to send young volunteers, aged 18 to 30, to work with young refugees in Greece. You will design and deliver cultural and educational activities to create a sense of belonging and integration.

You can choose to apply for short-term (two months) or long-term (12 months) volunteering placements  We hope to advertise for volunteers in February – watch this page for more information.


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